How to install Zorin OS 17 on VMware


Embarking on a thrilling journey into the world of open-source software, we delve into the seamless integration of Zorin OS 17, a user-friendly and visually stunning Linux distribution, into the versatile realm of VMware.

This guide is your beacon, illuminating each step to successfully install Zorin OS 17 within VMware’s virtual environment. Whether you’re a seasoned tech enthusiast or a newcomer eager to explore the benefits of Linux, this comprehensive tutorial will navigate you through the process with ease and precision.

Get ready to unleash the full potential of Zorin OS 17, optimized for virtualization, and discover a new horizon of efficiency and customization in your computing experience.


Before diving in, let’s make sure we have everything we need:

  • VMware Workstation installed on your computer.
  • An ISO image of the latest Zorin OS 17.
  • A sprinkle of patience and a dash of enthusiasm.

Download Zorin OS 17 ISO Image

To install Zorin OS 17 on VMware, first, you need to download the Zorin OS 17 ISO image. Simply go to the Zorin OS website, choose the version you want (like Pro, Core, or Lite), and download it. This ISO file is what you’ll use to set up Zorin OS in VMware. Make sure you download the right file, and you’re all set to start the installation process.

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Create a New Virtual Machine

Creating a virtual machine in VMware is an uncomplicated task, and I’ll walk you through each step. Keep in mind that the steps might differ slightly based on your VMware version, whether it’s VMware Workstation, VMware Player, or VMware Fusion. Let’s dive into how this can be achieved:

  • Start by opening the VMware application. For VMware Workstation or Player, you can begin by selecting ‘Create a New Virtual Machine,’ which is typically located on the main screen. Alternatively, you can choose ‘File’ and then ‘New Virtual Machine’ from the menu bar.
  • Choose “Typical” and click Next.
  • Select “I will install the operating system later” and click “Next”. Then on the next screen Select “Linux” under the Guest operating system and select “Ubuntu 64-bit” under Version, then click “Next”.
  • Enter a name for your virtual machine and choose where to store it on your computer. It’s good practice to store it in an easily accessible location or just leave it the way it is and click “Next”.
  • Set the disk space for your virtual machine. It’s advised to allocate at least 20GB, which is suitable for most operating systems. Opt for storing the virtual disk in several files. Once you’ve specified the disk capacity, click ‘Next’ to proceed.
  • Before finishing the setup, you can click on “Customize Hardware…” to adjust the allocated memory (RAM), number of processors, and other hardware settings.
  • Choose ‘New CD/DVD (SATA)’ and select the ‘Use ISO image file’ option. Then, click on ‘Browse’ to locate and select the ISO file you downloaded for Zorin OS 17 ISO. After this, close the Hardware window to return to the Virtual Machine Wizard.”
  • Click Finish to complete the virtual machine setup.

Installing Zorin OS

To initiate your virtual machine, simply click on ‘Power on this virtual machine.’ It will then boot from the chosen ISO file. Once this process starts, your virtual machine will power up, and the Ubuntu installation screen will appear.

  • Proceed with the installation of Zorin OS by following the on-screen instructions.
  • Choose your language, region, keyboard layout, and other preferences.
  • Create a user account with a username and password.

Finalize Installation

  • The installer will copy files and install the OS. This process may take some time.
  • Once the installation is complete, you will be prompted to restart the virtual machine.

Restart and Launch Zorin OS

Restart the virtual machine.

After rebooting, you should be able to log in to Zorin OS with the account you created.

Be sure to watch the video below for a clear, visual guide on ‘How to Install Zorin OS 17 on VMware.’ It simplifies each step of the process, making your installation experience smoother and more straightforward.


Installing Zorin OS 17 on VMware is a straightforward and rewarding process. By following the steps outlined in this guide, from downloading the Zorin OS 17 ISO image to setting up and configuring your virtual machine in VMware, you are now equipped with a powerful, flexible, and user-friendly Linux environment.

Whether for personal use, education, or professional development, Zorin OS 17 in a VMware virtual machine offers a robust platform for exploration and productivity. With your new setup, you’re ready to enjoy the stability, security, and versatility that Zorin OS 17 brings to the world of virtual computing.

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